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Canadiens top Bruins in 2OT in opener

BOSTON — P.K. Subban scored his second goal of the game at 4:17 of the second overtime to give the Canadiens a 4-3 victory over the Bruins on Thursday night in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal.

The goal came seven seconds into the Canadiens' second power play of overtime. Fans pelted the ice with cups and giveaway towels as the players filed off of the ice.

Asked if he got hit with any garbage, Subban said, "I don't know. It doesn't even matter."

The Bruins, who never led, outshot the Canadiens 14-6 in the third period and twice rallied to tie it. The Canadiens picked up a questionable power play at the end of the first overtime and failed to score, but there was little doubt about the call in the second OT when Boston's Matt Bartkowski was sent off for taking down Dale Weise in the crease to keep Weise from getting to a loose puck.

Montreal won the ensuing faceoff and worked the puck around to Subban, who slapped it past Tuukka Rask to end the game.

Carey Price stopped 48 shots for Montreal. Rene Bourque and Francis Bouillon also scored for the Canadiens, who blew 2-0 and 3-2 leads in the third period.

"Without Carey Price, I don't even know if we're in the game," Subban said.

Rask made 29 saves, and he had a colorful description of his performance.

"I was (awful)," said Rask, who is a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, given to the league's best goalie. "When you (stink), you (stink)."

The 34th postseason series between the teams began without much of the intensity of past matchups. Only after the Bruins fell behind 2-0 did they seem to realize they were in trouble.

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First1, Montreal, P.Subban 1 (Markov, Plekanec), 11:23 (pp). PenaltiesBartkowski, Bos (trip), 10:05.

Second2, Montreal, Bourque 4 (Eller), 3:38. PenaltiesGorges, Mon (holding), 14:16.

Third3, Boston, Smith 2 (Marchand, Hamilton), 2:44. 4, Boston, Krug 2 (Lucic, Bergeron), 6:30. 5, Montreal, Bouillon 1 (Gionta, Bourque), 12:09. 6, Boston, Boychuk 1 (Marchand, Eriksson), 18:02. PenaltiesP.Subban, Mon (interference), 3:18; Eller, Mon (unsportsmanlike conduct), 20:00; Marchand, Bos (cross-checking), 20:00.

First OTNone. PenaltiesPaille, Bos (tripping), 19:33. Second OT7, Montreal, P.Subban 2 (Markov, Briere), 4:17 (pp). PenaltiesBartkowski, Bos (holding), 4:10. Shots on GoalMontreal 10-7-6-6-4—33. Boston 13-9-14-14-1—51. PP opportunitiesMontreal 2 of 3; Boston 0 of 2. GoaliesMontreal, Price 5-0-0 (51 shots-48 saves). Boston, Rask 4-2-0 (33-29).

Sharks hit new low: For a franchise with a frustrating history of postseason flops, their latest collapse sent the Sharks to an unwanted place in history. They became the fourth team to lose a best-of-seven playoff series after winning the first three games, getting overwhelmed at home in a 5-1 loss to the Kings in Game 7 of their first-round Western Conference series late Wednesday.

"Every year you lose is pretty low, but this one is a type of series that will rip your heart out," forward Logan Couture said. "It hurts. It's going to be a long summer thinking about this one and what we let slip away."

Kings All-Star defenseman Drew Doughty called the comeback an "unbelievable feeling" and credited general manager Dean Lombardi for putting together a roster full of gritty players. "We've got a lot of heart; the guys want to win," he said.

Kings center Mike Richards gets an extra note in NHL history. He was also on the last team to rally from a 3-0 deficit to win a series, the 2009-10 Flyers over the Bruins. Richards was asked what that meant for him. "I guess that I fall behind in series 3-0 too much," he said, smiling.

Wild night for wild: Minnesota became the first team to score four tying goals in Game 7 of a playoff series, STATS said, and they weren't in vain. The Wild advanced for the first time since it made it to the 2003 West final when it beat the Avalanche 5-4 in overtime late Wednesday. "We don't want to make a habit of continually getting down in a game, but we kept fighting and got some timely goals," said star forward Zach Parise, who had 10 points against the Avalanche.

Canucks fire Torts: John Tortorella, who signed a five-year contract with the Canucks last summer after being dismissed by the Rangers, was fired by Vancouver after it went 36-35-11 and failed to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2008. Trevor Linden, the former Vancouver captain hired as team president last month after GM/president Mike Gillis was fired, said the action was the first step in moving on from a frustrating. "At the end of the day I kept coming back to a lot of things I didn't like that I saw trending," he said. Tortorella was not available for comment.

Around the league: The Penguins' Sidney Crosby, the Ducks' Ryan Getzlaf and the Flyers' Claude Giroux are the finalists for the Hart Trophy, given to the league MVP. … The Islanders acquired the negotiating rights to goalie Jaroslav Halak from the Capitals on Thursday for a fourth-round draft pick this year. Halak can be an unrestricted free agent this summer. … NBC and its networks said they had big viewership increases for first-round playoff games from last year. Overall, NBC/NBC Sports Network/CNBC averaged 752,000 viewers for 46 games, up 57 percent.

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